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Through the Lens of Faith

I love the reflection of the water in this photo. It looks deceiving. There is nothing below the water and IMG_0156only the ceiling really has the stalagmites and stalactites.

When we interact with others we are a reflection of ourselves and those with whom we interact.

It is important to always consider the beauty in each person we encounter. While we may see only a rough exterior, God is working beneath it to prepare each of us for glory.

We are a reflection of God’s love and beauty and we need to be more aware of that responsibility to reflect that goodness.

The seas can seem rough. It can be so tempting to stay safely tied to the harbor. A quote attributed toIMG_1135 Albert Einstein urges the opposite: “A ship is always safe in a harbor but that is not what it’s built for.”

Are you brave enough spiritually to stay in the waters even when they seem fickle? One day they can appear to be beautiful and calm. You can be sailing along, without a care in the world.

Yet we must remember with God we can always find a way to be safe again in the harbor. God calms the storms and can lead us right through the eye of the storm and into peace once again.

Where is your safe harbor?

IMG_1265One of the things that strikes me about looking in gardens is how unique each flower is among the many. There could be an entire garden of daffodils or irises. Yet even among the same type of flower, they are different.

The same thing applies to us in the garden of God. We are each the most beautiful flower in the garden. God doesn’t have favorites. Just as with a garden, the flowers need nourishment, good soil and the love of the gardener.

What can you do to help nurture the soil? This week find a book or a quote or a psalm and pray with it. Feed your soul with the spiritual guidance it offers.

 

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August is just about half over. The year seems to be going so fast. I was always told growing up that the older you get the faster it goes. I’m beginning to believe it.

The quickness of time, though, is making me consider how to address my faith life in a more urgent manner. Sometimes we think we have all the time in the world. Or we know how some days seem like 24 hours is not enough to get everything done we have on our to-do lists.

How can you address the quickness of time in your faith life? Do you take time to pray and evaluate? Or is it hard for you to find focus?

This week take a minute or two to breathe in and out and say thank you for the gift of time in our lives.